Sport

Definition of Sport

Pronunciation: spōrt
n.1.That which diverts, and makes mirth; pastime; amusement.
It is as sport to a fool to do mischief.
- Prov. x. 23.
Her sports were such as carried riches of knowledge upon the stream of delight.
- Sir P. Sidney.
Think it but a minute spent in sport.
- Shak.
2.Mock; mockery; contemptuous mirth; derision.
Then make sport at me; then let me be your jest.
- Shak.
3.That with which one plays, or which is driven about in play; a toy; a plaything; an object of mockery.
Flitting leaves, the sport of every wind.
- Dryden.
Never does man appear to greater disadvantage than when he is the sport of his own ungoverned passions.
- John Clarke.
4.Play; idle jingle.
An author who should introduce such a sport of words upon our stage would meet with small applause.
- Broome.
5.Diversion of the field, as fowling, hunting, fishing, racing, games, and the like, esp. when money is staked.
6.(Bot. & Zool.) A plant or an animal, or part of a plant or animal, which has some peculiarity not usually seen in the species; an abnormal variety or growth. See Sporting plant, under Sporting.
7.A sportsman; a gambler.
In sport
in jest; for play or diversion.
- Prov. xxvi. 19.
v. i.1.To play; to frolic; to wanton.
[imp. & p. p. Sported; p. pr. & vb. n. Sporting.]
[Fish], sporting with quick glance,
Show to the sun their waved coats dropt with gold.
- Milton.
2.To practice the diversions of the field or the turf; to be given to betting, as upon races.
3.To trifle.
4.(Bot. & Zool.) To assume suddenly a new and different character from the rest of the plant or from the type of the species; - said of a bud, shoot, plant, or animal. See Sport, n., 6.
v. t.1.To divert; to amuse; to make merry; - used with the reciprocal pronoun.
Against whom do ye sport yourselves?
- Isa. lvii. 4.
2.To represent by any kind of play.
Now sporting on thy lyre the loves of youth.
- Dryden.
3.To exhibit, or bring out, in public; to use or wear; as, to sport a new equipage.
4.To give utterance to in a sportive manner; to throw out in an easy and copious manner; - with off; as, to sport off epigrams.
To sport one's oak
See under Oak, n.

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